The Journal Gazette
Wednesday, July 17, 2019 1:00 am

EACS set to reveal new, renovated schools

Ribbon-cuttings next month

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

Those wanting a peek at new and renovated schools in New Haven will soon get their chance.

Ribbon-cutting ceremonies are set for 4:15 p.m. Aug. 8 at New Haven Intermediate School and 3:30 p.m. Aug. 9 at New Haven Junior-Senior High School, Superintendent Marilyn Hissong told the East Allen County Schools board Tuesday.

New Haven Intermediate is moving from Woodmere Drive to a new facility at 919 Homestead Drive along Indiana 930 and will serve grades three through six.

New Haven High School has been renovated and expanded to include seventh and eighth grades, making it a junior-senior high school.

The public is welcome to attend the ribbon cuttings, Hissong said. She noted back-to-school nights will follow the festivities.

She also shared another item with the board – the United Way next year wants to expand Kindergarten Countdown to New Haven Primary and Heritage Elementary. Currently available at Southwick Elementary, it serves incoming kindergartners with little or no pre-K experience or who are limited English speakers to help prepare them for school.

In other news, taxpayers wanting to provide input on the district's 2020 budget should mark their calendars.

The board is set to review the overall budget Aug. 20 and will seek public comment Sept. 17, said Kirby Stahly, assistant superintendent of administrative services.

During a budget planning presentation, Stahly briefed the board on capital projects planned at the schools. Proposed improvements include bathroom updates and flooring, carpeting, window and interior door replacements at various buildings.

The board is expected to approve the budget Oct. 15.

In other business, the board approved a $56,000 contract with Corwin Press Inc. to provide Visible Learning Plus training to teachers. The professional development is focused on research by John Hattie and should help EACS educators – who already do a great job – strengthen their craft, Hissong said.

She and other administrators recently heard Hattie speak at a university.

“He was amazing,” Hissong said.

Michelle Clouser Penrod, the administrator who presented the item to the board, said the district is lucky to secure time with Hattie, who doesn't live in the U.S.

“We will become a beacon district for this,” she said.

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